April 2018 Sightings

Claire Campbell

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Chip Krilowicz

Belleplalin SF
Cape May County, NJ

45° Sunny and very windy.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

1-1:30 pm active in sheltered sunny garden. Plenty of wild broccoli up. 48 degrees. Warmer near walls and ground.

  • Cabbage White 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark visited fruit dish all afternoon.

[Congrats to Dolores: our first e. pine elfin. The average first emergence for South Jersey is April 5. Weather has delayed this and other early April species. jc]

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Question Mark 1

Chip Krilowicz

Makepeace WMA
Atlantic County, NJ

52° some sun, little wind.

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Blueberry Azure

Amy Gaberlein

Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Woke up at 7am to a yard temp of 27°F but by 2:45pm things were, *ahem*, heating up… ;-) (A single cabbage white was seen in the same area a couple of hours earlier, as well as a single in the yard the following day, 4/12/18.)

  • Cabbage White 2

Cabbage White

Harvey Tomlinson

Belleplain. Sunset Bridge and surrounds
Cape May County, NJ

Cool and Breezy 50's

[Congrats to Harvey on our first Henry's – thanks to the weather this species is about two weeks late. See the blog for average date. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin

Eastern Comma

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park, Burlington County Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 1

Jack Miller

Narrows Rd Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Low 50's with sun. Today marks the new late first date for Henry's elfin.

[Yes, Jack and Harvey T tie for the coveted First Henry's Award – unless one of you can provide clock data ;-) jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 8
  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Henry's Elfin

Jack Miller

Beaver Dam Rd
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Harvey Tomlinson

Jakes Landing Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, warm but a bit breezy.

Elfin was probably Henry's as this area is good for them.

[This is our first American lady of 2018, although we had a lady, sp. on March 31 found by Sandra Keller and Chris Herz in SAL. Nice find, HT. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1

Azure, sp.

Eastern Comma

American Lady

Chris Herz

Rowan College GC campus, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

noon, 65 degrees

  • Cabbage White 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1

Claire Campbell

Crystal Lake Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Jack Miller

Upper Champion Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Working with new camera and haven't worked all the bugs in. I thought half a clear image is better than none in this case.

[Nice find, JM. Our first Juvenal's…and also our first skipper. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:30-5:30, 72 degrees. Sunny, but windy. Commas by tie-off point

  • Eastern Comma 2

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Azure sp arose about 2pm from area where seen two weeks ago. Tried photo when resettling across garden in gray leaves. No luck. Cabbage present throughout the day 11am-3:30. Cabbage will become numerous very soon and not worth mentioning.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Late afternoon wind found this Cabbage White clinging to various daffodils. At 7 p.m. was apparently content to roost for the night on a daffodil. Nice fresh scales, many of them black.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

The Red Admiral was found at the location I refer to "comma corner." This is my quote from the log last year on 2-23-17: "Strange that this Admiral was in the exact location of my first one last year on 3-1-16." This year now makes it three years in a row in the exact same spot! Also of note is that it was the first RA reported in '16 and '17, and the third report in '17. Anyone have idea about this odd phenomenon? The sulphor (bright clear yellow) was cruising down the road at full speed, but took a brief moment to land next to me.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Yesterday's Cabbage White spent the night on the white daffodil. It took flight just after 10 a.m.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

finally my first butterflies of the year!!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Started work in the garden today. Jenny and I saw 8 Lady species but they didn't stop to be ID'd. They were flying north to the south.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Lady sp. 8

David L. Amadio

Glassboro Wildlife Management Area
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations made between 11:30 & 3:50. 70 to 83 degrees with S,WSW, & SSW winds at 15-21 mph. Activity was less than expected. Most Anglewings were on the move with warm temps allowing maximum flight. The most interesting bug was a Henry's Elfin which repeatedly basked dorsally. It also shivered with cloud cover and 70 degree temp. Initially I thought that it was deformed, but further observations did not support this.

[An intriguing report and photo. Has anyone else among our observers seen this behavior in a Henry's – or any other elfin? jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Henry's Elfin

Claire Campbell

Amico Island Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 2

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Drive & Grove Ave.
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Jack Miller

Fidler Hill Rd
Cape May County, NJ

I watched 4 orange sulphurs fly over a 1/2 an acre of dandelions for over 30 minutes. Sometimes they would even land for 2 or 3 seconds.

[This is our first American copper report for 2018. Good find, JM!]

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 4
  • American Lady 1

Orange Sulphurs

American Copper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

80 degrees plus here between 1:50 & 3:40 p.m. Could not chase down an American Lady female which was actively seeking out its host. My first American Copper had already been seen and dispatched by a small spider.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • American Copper 3
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1

Mourning Cloak

Steven Glynn

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Interesting to watch the Comma nectaring on the flowering tree.

[If you take a close look at Steve's comma photo, you can see that it is a "broken comma." It is an especially interesting specimen in that the small section is more round than angular. For more about this topic visit Jack Connor's blog from May 16 2017. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Eastern Comma 2

Henry's Elfin

Eastern Comma